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Sammi Ray
09-12-2013, 07:14 AM
Apologies if this has already been posted somewhere else, But i couldn't seem to find a post already.

I saw this a couple of days ago. If the flipper was bigger then i really think it would work better. He is asking $395.00 + Tax and Shipping Fees.
What do you think? Would you pay that price?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6IRfQe6EZ4&feature=c4-overview&list=UU3xjhxo44Qsf1HmofdGnYKQ

teeth4u
09-12-2013, 09:16 AM
No way, that monofin looks tiny and weak (by that I mean gives very little propulsion). If I was going to spend that much money, I would get a competitor monofin.

MerEmma
09-12-2013, 10:18 AM
Same as above. I think the custom coloring is neat, but I dislike the shape + how floppy it is. It doesn't look natural to me. =\

Gem Stone
09-12-2013, 10:27 AM
If I had that money, if go with a competitor instead

Sammi Ray
09-12-2013, 10:33 AM
I completely agree. I don't like the way it is in the water, bends into itself too much. =\ . i wouldn't pay that price for it either.. The custom colours are a good idea but.. he's probably got a foil in there anywho. =/

Firemaid
09-12-2013, 10:46 AM
I will be providing the mermaid monofin of all your dreams next spring!

Mermaid Marissa
09-12-2013, 11:29 AM
I will be providing the mermaid monofin of all your dreams next spring!

I'm so excited! I resent my email btw but tell me if the pictures still didn't work

Sammi Ray
09-12-2013, 11:32 AM
That sounds awesome! Please make it cheap shipping to the UK :P shipping is so much :(

Your tail looks amazing :)

MerEmma
09-12-2013, 11:47 AM
That sounds awesome! Please make it cheap shipping to the UK :P shipping is so much :(

Your tail looks amazing :)

Unfortunately there's nothing mers can do about that. Expensive shipping is prices given by UPS/USPS/FedEx/etc. and the only way to make it cheaper is to make a lighter tail. :s

Sammi Ray
09-12-2013, 11:57 AM
It will be cheaper anyway as it's just a monofin so it's all good!

AniaR
09-12-2013, 11:58 AM
Nope. But to be fair I wouldn't buy the oceanikia one either. Soft monofins just don't make sense for me.

MermaidHyli
09-12-2013, 11:58 AM
Hey guys,
I will say straight off there is no other monofin built in. It is all created as one piece no foil or finis or anything. Yes it is "floppier" but it really deoends on what kind of swim you are looking for and it also is in your opinion. Im not.saying dont voice.your opinion thats good it helps to better a product but as one who has swam in the new monofin I greatly enjoy it. Its very relaxing and doesnt have a drag that other monofins have. Just my two cents

PearlieMae
09-12-2013, 11:58 AM
I will be providing the mermaid monofin of all your dreams next spring!

I can't wait! But I have so many different dream fins!

Sammi Ray
09-12-2013, 12:15 PM
Nope. But to be fair I wouldn't buy the oceanikia one either. Soft monofins just don't make sense for me.

I agree. I do not like either but if they were the only two options instead of monofins i would go for the oceanikia.

MerEmma
09-12-2013, 12:31 PM
The Oceanika still seems to have a really good kick for me--I can go surprisingly fast with it (not trying to say it's better than a competitor though) and I love mine, so that's all I really care about anyway haha. :P

Mermaid Oshun
09-12-2013, 12:50 PM
The price of the Mahina Oceanika merfin is much better ($99.00 )and it is a much more attractive shape, imo. It just is not airbrushed realistically. I personally do not like the shape of the mertailor flipper and the price is way too much.
Actually I LOVE my OWN first prototype much better than either of them
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Moongazer
09-12-2013, 02:58 PM
Yeah for the price, I'd much rather by a fin I can use in the ocean.

Sammi Ray
09-12-2013, 03:17 PM
The price does seem a tad excessive to me. Totally agree.

MerEmma
09-12-2013, 03:59 PM
I dunno, the price doesn't bother me too much but I do think it's kind of crappy when compared to the competitor. The reason it doesn't bother me is because I know how much silicone costs. xD

AniaR
09-12-2013, 04:32 PM
well he reads mernetwork constantly, so keep complaining and he'll drop the price I'm sure XD

Sephina
09-12-2013, 04:33 PM
Wasn't there another company doing this same thing? I can't remember the name but they actually use finis monofins inside of them though.

Mermaid Octavia
09-12-2013, 04:49 PM
I like how they look and the paint jobs are lovely, but I'm like Raina - I need a stiffer monofin for the speed I'm hoping to achieve. If the fins are made entirely of silicone, I can see them being that expensive. They're probably really good for tight spaces, flips and that sort of thing.

SeaGlass Siren
09-12-2013, 05:03 PM
But I LIKE floppy tails :( they look so pretty and fluid and reminds me of koi fish tails (not the shape of it but the way the ins flow in the water)

Blondie
09-12-2013, 05:32 PM
I actually really like it. The shape is something I'd go for. I don't like the shape of Oceanikia's personally, it's too cheesy for me. But I love the rubber monofin idea. However I could never afford something like that x_x

MerEmma
09-12-2013, 06:07 PM
But I LIKE floppy tails :( they look so pretty and fluid and reminds me of koi fish tails (not the shape of it but the way the ins flow in the water)

You're allowed! I personally don't like the way the ins flow in the water but there are many others here who love flowy flukes and I can appreciate them too when one is done really well. :D

Mermaid Oshun
09-12-2013, 06:30 PM
I actually don't even think its flowy
I think its kind of stiff. I just dont like the shape of it

shimmygoddess
09-12-2013, 06:46 PM
I personally would not spend almost $400 for just a fin. Too much for me, even though it looks pretty. I like my Merfin and it light and easy for me to use, however if gives me horrible blisters and I think I will need to sell it :(

Anahita
09-12-2013, 07:16 PM
I actually like the shape of it... I know some people think it's too plain, but I kind of like that about it. However, I really hate how it "hangs" in the water when transitioning from a down-stroke to an up-stroke. Like, the curve at the tips of the fin caused by the fin moving down stays until about half-way through the up-stroke, then just suddenly flips down and almost into itself.... It's floppy for sure, but floppy is prettiest when it's flowy, not abrupt.

On another note though, about the price, like some people were saying, if I had that much money to spend on just a fin, I'd want to spend it on something that can give serious propulsion. Honestly, anything over $150 USD and I expect it to be safe to freedive and ocean swim in. I don't think I'd be able to do that in such a floppy fin.

Mermaid Allie
09-12-2013, 07:40 PM
Yeah sephina I'm pretty sure there was one on mermaid tails.net

Winged Mermaid
09-12-2013, 07:53 PM
I agree that while it's floppy, it moves.. awkwardly? The way it snaps up then stays there til it abruptly shifts down is not something I'd call flowing. Plus you can bet Eric is in great physical shape, so for the kick I know he's putting into it it doesn't seem like he's getting very far. I think it's a great idea- I mean how long have we all wanted a realistic fin that's nicely painted that we don't have to put in a tail?- but maybe he'll think of making other shapes for a redesign that flow better. I think more people would be more into a fin shape with that quality. Either way, I'm way off put by the price. I know the Mahina MerFin fin was $162.68 total (with shipping to the US), and all I could think about looking at that price was that I could buy a Leaderfins fiberglass monofin for $159.24 total instead. Honestly I wouldn't even spend $320 buying a competitor- I'd get one from Specialfins or Leaderfins for cheaper (less than $200). So $400 for one? Not a chance. Just my 2

Mermaid Julz
09-12-2013, 08:24 PM
I looked at the video the first day he posted it. I also didn't like how it moved in the water... compared to others I have seen videos of, it just didn't work for me... and his price? no way... i wouldn't touch it.... As others have stated I can get really good monofins for nowhere near that cost. for now, I will stick with my Rapid, but when i can afford it, i will have a competitor.

Anahita
09-12-2013, 08:27 PM
Yes, awkward is a good way to describe it... I couldn't think of the word, lol! :)

AniaR
09-13-2013, 04:46 PM
I think it's good for people who just want the mer experience and aren't planning on being professionals. I mean sure it has qwerks about it's looks but so do all lesser costing tails. I just agree it shouldn't cost more than a competitor monofin...

Sammi Ray
09-13-2013, 05:22 PM
I agree. I've just bought a monofin from leaderfins and looks like the competitor and it was 109.00 with shipping... :/ how much would that be to ship too? A lot of people don't have that kinda money to splash out. especially just for the monofin itself. Don't get me wrong, it looks nice...until it's in motion (in my opinion)

Miyu
09-13-2013, 05:50 PM
Hmm, I do like the idea... But I would wait until he came up with a better-flowing design to consider buying it. I really do like the tail skins, though, It's kind of along the same lines of a few tail projects I've been contemplating myself.

Sephina
09-13-2013, 11:04 PM
Yeah sephina I'm pretty sure there was one on mermaid tails.net I had his facebook page liked and now I can't find it anymore. I was starting to think I'd imagined it. glad to hear someone else remembers them!

MermaidLychee
09-17-2013, 03:55 AM
I like the idea (speaking as someone who almost bought an Oceanika and then shelled out just as much for a custom shape one)...but I think the shape is the biggest turn off for me. I imagine it'd be a good building block for other fins though. C:

Oceana
11-08-2013, 12:17 AM
I'm torn. I think that it's a great idea in theory for mers who want to move up to a silicone tail after using latex or spandex tails as sometimes the heavier fluke is the hardest thing to get used to. It does move slightly awkwardly, but it's the first edition and I'm expecting that Eric will eventually iron those things out.

I will say that the price is a little ridiculous though.